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Second half comeback falls short at Kenyon

Lauren Hofer  |  Photo by Jace Delgado
Lauren Hofer | Photo by Jace Delgado

GAMBIER, Ohio -- Denison turned in a 15-4 scoring performance in the third quarter, but the Big Red rally fell short in a 55-45 loss to Kenyon College on Wednesday evening at Tomsich Arena in Gambier, Ohio.

The Big Red were held to 25 percent shooting in the first half while the Ladies connected on 6-of-13 from three to take the first six points of the game and built a 23-17 advantage with less than six minutes to play in the second quarter.

With 3:56 remaining in the first half, a jumper from senior Valesha Province and consecutive free throws from Lauren Turner cut the KC lead to two, 23-21, but Kenyon's Jessica Gerber and Ellie Schaub tallied three of their final four threes of the half to give Denison an 11 point deficit, 34-23, entering the break.

Trailing by double-digits to open the third, Denison's Province, Zyah Beal, and Kat Williams all connected from the perimeter to help DU go on a 13-3 scoring run that tied the game at 36-36 with 4:02 remaining in the quarter. A jumper from Lauren Hofer at the 1:45 mark allowed the Big Red to outscore the Ladies 15-4 in the frame while holding Kenyon to 1-of-12 shooting from the field. Both sides entered the final period tied at 38-38.

A three-pointer from Gerber opened the scoring for Kenyon in the fourth and another bucket from Lane Davis caused Denison to take a 30 second timeout at the 7:24 mark, trailing 44-38.

A jump shot from Sharon Hull built KC's lead back to eight, but Province answered with her fourth three-pointer of the night as she cut the Denison deficit back to five, 46-41, with six minutes remaining in the contest.

Over the next 4:03 of play, the Ladies pulled away with a 7-0 run led by baskets from Schaub and Davis, along with Gerber's fourth three of the night to make it a 53-41 game with less than two minutes to play.

Turner and senior Lucy Bancone connected on buckets with time running down, but the Big Red were unable to complete the comeback as they suffered their third-straight loss to move to 2-4 on the season. The win sends Kenyon to 5-1 overall.

Province finished tied for the game-high with 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the perimeter while adding six rebounds. Hofer followed with a season-high 13 points on 6-of-10 from the field, and Turner and junior Alison Schafer each added four point apiece.

Paige Matijasich led the Ladies with 14 points, while Jessica Gerber added 12 points and a game-high seven assists.

Denison will return to action on Saturday, December 1 when they travel to Springfield, Ohio for a 1 p.m. matchup with Wittenberg University.